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2007’s “Hottest Canadian Bands”

Miracle Fortress @ the 2007 Polaris Awards (CRED)
Miracle Fortress

Miracle Fortress, Sunset Rubdown, Basia Bulat, Handsome Furs, The Acorn, The Besnard Lakes, Tokyo Police Club, Patrick Watson, The Weakerthans, Land of Talk and Neil Young are among the list of 33 hot Canadian bands this year. In related news, Jessie from Miracle Fortress recently left a message about their recent problem at the border….

We’re sorry we missed this show guys. We were very excited to get to play at the Bowery and walk around the big beautiful streets. At least for an hour after soundcheck and before the show.

The regular protocol for Canadian bands playing unpaid showcases as we understood it, is that the festival provides the band with papers saying that the band will not be making any money and that the performance is for promotional purposes only. In fact though, as the border police made known to us, no money is allowed to change hands when a band without a work visa performs. So, while we weren’t (editor’s note: I think he meant “were”) getting paid, because the show was not a free show, we had to turn back home and eat delicious Indian food. The border police informed us that we were going through a rite of passage. “If you are going to be a CanadianRockStar you have to get turned away by us… you know once we even turned away Céline”. As if by magic doughy compensation, the indian restaurant gave us free desert. No poutine was consumed, though it did come up as an option.

Hopefully we will soon recieve our visas. We were not trying to do anything that we understood to be inadequate, illegal, or wrong. We understand that a country’s borders are a sensitive thing, and we would not intentionally subvert their protective efforts. While we are sorry not to have gotten to hang out in New York and play for everyone, I know the future is big and likely full of NYC fun times.

I posted this way too late for anyone to be interested, didn’t I.
oh well

-J.S.

Also, the Besnard Lakes just announced some tour dates, The Weakerthans just played NYC, and Land of Talk lost some stuff.

Miracle Fortress – 2007 Tour Dates
Nov 15 – The Crystal Ballroom (with STARS) Portland, Oregon
Nov 16 – Showbox (with STARS) Seattle, Washington
Nov 17 – The Commodore Ballroom (with STARS) Vancouver
Nov 20 – MacEwan Ballroom (with STARS) Cagary, Alberta
Nov 21 – Edmonton Events Centre (with STARS) Edmonton, Alberta
Nov 22 – The Odeon Events Centre (with STARS) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Nov 23 – The Distrikt (with STARS) Regina, Saskatchewan
Nov 24 – Burton Cummings Theatre (with STARS) Winnipeg, Manitoba
Nov 27 – The Phoenix Concert Theatre (with STARS) Toronto, Ontario
Dec 1 – Le Guess Who Festival Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Dec 2 – Antwerp
Dec 5 – Cargo (with BLACK MOUNTAIN) London, London and South East

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